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Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1976-06-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1976-06-27

Topics Live concert

Cold Rain & Snow, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Big River, Ship of Fools, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Friend Of The Devil, Looks Like Rain, Might As Well Let It Grow-> Drums-> Let It Grow-> Wharf Rat, Samson & Delilah, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Auditorium Theatre
Location Chicago, IL

Source Audience Recording
Lineage aud > ?? > cdr's > EAC > Cool Edit 2K > CDwav > mkwact (seekable)
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Reviewer: Skobud - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2012
Subject: Extremely mellow
This particular evening seems to have an almost lazy type of vibe to it. I enjoyed it and it is classic ’76, but it did not really WOW me at any one time during the show. It seemed more like a well polished Rock and Roll show than anything else. With that being said, I am only going to speak in generalities this week rather than discuss every song.

The first set was very well done and Jerry’s vocals are incredible. Specifically in BEW, SOF and Might as Well he sounds just fantastic. I have long said that ’76 was the year of the ballad, but in retrospect I will say that I think ’76 was the year for Jerry’s vocals. I think it was his best year for singing. On that point I find often in shows like this and including this one that he does less soloing and the ones he does do often are not as long or a s spaced out as years before and after. I think every song in the first set was done very well, yet again, it seemed somewhat uninspired at different points. Jerry is definitely not playing with any type of urgency whatsoever. It was a very mellow and well played first set, but it sounded polished and not so improvisational imo. Jams were smaller and shorter and it seemed the focus was more on timing and cohesiveness. Just a different feel in my opinion. Often the harmonies are done a bit slower in ’76 and that leads to the dreaded JGB ’76 crawl feeling that can be induced rather easily by Donna and Jerry. At the same time they can also induce incredible smiling highs like during Might as Well harmonies. Go figure. Its ’76. That’s the best I can describe it.

The second set has two distinct Jams and the first is LIG>Drums>LIG>Rat>Samson. I enjoyed this one as I generally always do with LIG jams, and I liked the Drums in the middle. Not too much craziness from the band here yet they deliver a very nice, albeit workmanlike jam here. Nothing too far out nor was there anything here that we have not heard before. The second jam is H>S>F and what an interesting one this is. Again, very mellow with no real sense of urgency and at the same time they build this one very well, brick by brick. Slip was almost funky at parts and Frank had a little different sound as well. Very nice boys, but you need to pick it up a little. We round out things with Smags and US Blues and that is that. Show over and I am left with a pleasant smile on my face. At the same time, its almost as if I have forgotten what I have just listened to. Hmm, does that mean it was forgettable or is it just my short term memory problem? Perhaps just the lack of any standouts here is the cause. Again, good, not great.

I liked this show and I am recommending it with a asterisk*. This show is like mood music. If you are in the mood to mellow and chill, I recommend this one. This is not exactly a show that will blow your doors off. In context of ’76, good but definitely not great. Extremely mellow without really going off anywhere. That does not mean sub-par however. It means just that, even the show stoppers were kinda slow. Jerry’s vocals are sublime during this evening’s performance, and Bobby sounded great too. I give this show a B- as it is a classic slice of what was going on during 1976, even if it seems somewhat lackadaisical throughout
Reviewer: gratedude69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2010
Subject: another
just another real quality 76-06 show here, and what an audience recording too
Reviewer: rockthing - - September 1, 2009
Subject: Great audience.
One of the things that begins to strike me about this recording is, what a great audience this is. Aside from some very rare flagrant shouting near the microphones the audience is very attentive and you barely notice them until after a nice solo when every one seems to responds in appreciation... almost, dare I say, like a jazz audience.

This is my first time through hearing this show for the first time, so I can't begin to rate this either on performance or recording quality, but I give the crowd a 5 for sure. :-) :-) :-)

I'm finding this a very enjoyable recording.

A big thanks to the tapers and
everyone else along the way.
Reviewer: christo4 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2007
Subject: Looks like rain
Great show and a very good aud recording. Great versions of ship of fools, fotd, and one of the best looks like rains I've heard. Bobby's voice sounds better than I've ever heard it. Get this one and the previous night. Both are really hot.
Reviewer: Jac from Tucson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2006
Subject: Good show, but 5 stars is too many...
Overall, this is a nice 2-CD show. There's nothing that makes this stand out as one of the Dead's better shows. Another night, another show. Nice and average.

I am confused by all the five-ratings being given. The audio source and the mic(s) are too far apart, so this show has that echoey sound to it that just is NOT 5-star quality.

Performance is 3-1/2 stars, recording is also about 3-1/2 stars, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and round up to 4 -- and that's being generous.
Reviewer: Toshman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2006
Subject: Superb audience recording
This is how it's done!
Well worth the download even if it's not as crisp as some of the boards out there. The playing makes up for it.
Reviewer: deadagain10 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2006
Subject: This show rules
There are times in this recording that I almost forget that it is an audience recording. Ship of Fools is hot Jerry's singing is sweet. Bob at the end of Looks like Rain is almost hypnotic. I was at work listening and could barely contain myself. I wanted to get up and put my headphones on someone else so they could hear it. Not that they would have appreciated it but still. I love searching this archive for good aud recordings and this is one of the best that I have heard yet!
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2005
Subject: A fine show
I usually prefer the soundboards over audience recordings, but this one really isn't bad, and the show is definately worth it. The Let it Grow is blistering, easing nicely into Wharf Rat. Slipnot gets into some serious, intricate extended jamming. Superb Sugar Magnolia.

This show compares well to the popular 6/29 show. I'd give this one a 5 if it were soundboard. Audience fans will like the sound of this one.
Reviewer: jspudg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2005
Subject: Wish I could have been at this one!
How has no one written a review for this show yet? It's a rockin, crowd pleaser that just doesn't quit. For an early audience recording, this show definitely gets an A for quality and enjoyablility! An outstanding setlist includes highlights such as "Might as Well", which the crowd goes crazy for and is a personal favorite of mine, "Brown-Eyed Women", "Looks Like Rain", Help>Slip!>FranklinÂs,... who am I kidding, the whole show is a gem. One great show from front to end! Do yourself a favor and download this one now!
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